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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 119-123

Comparative evaluation of Calendula officinalis and 2% chlorhexidine against Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans

1 Professor and Head of the Department, SRM Dental College, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, SRM Dental College, Chennai, India
3 Reader, Rajas Dental College and Hospital, Tirunelveli, India
4 Clinical Head, Fathima Clinic, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Selvanathan M. J. Vinola
SRM Dental College, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram Campus, Bharathi Salai, Ramapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jid.jid_28_21

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Background: Endodontic infections require effective removal of microorganisms from the root canal system for long-term prognosis. Chlorhexidine (CHX) is one of the most effective irrigants, but it's few drawbacks warrant search for newer alternatives. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the antimicrobial efficacy of Calendula officinalis (CO) and 2% CHX against Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) and Candida albicans (C. albicans). Materials and Methods: The antimicrobial activity of CO extract and 2% CHX against E. faecalis and C. albicans was checked by the agar diffusion method and the zone of inhibition was statistically analyzed. Results: CHX has significantly more antimicrobial activity than CO against E. faecalis and C. albicans. However, CO also possesses reasonable antimicrobial activity against E. faecalis and antifungal activity against C. albicans. Conclusion: Under the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that CO has antimicrobial and antifungal activity against E. faecalis and C. albicans; however, CHX is more potent.

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